Singapore: Music video banned for its pro-LGBT content

27 May 2015

According to Global Voices and Focus Taiwan, the Taiwanese pop songstress Jolin Tsai’s song and her musicvideo ‘We’re All Different, Yet The Same’ has been banned from broadcast in Singapore. The Singapore government’s Media Development Authority has confirmed that it advised local broadcasters in Singapore not to air the music …

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Singapore: New American freedom of art award

21 January 2015

The Indonesian artist FX Harsono received an inaugural Freedom of Art award in Singapore on 20 January 2015. It was presented to him by the U.S. ambassador to Singapore and the director of Art Stage Singapore. The Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art honours an artist or curator from Southeast …

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Singapore: Call to artists to reject self-censorship scheme

14 July 2014

“It is like they are taking someone from within the group to be the policeman” “Singaporeans should reject the self-licensing/self-classification/self-­censorship scheme proposed by the Media Development Authority,” artists say in video produced by Arts Engage. » Find out more on » Artists’ Responses Against MDA’s Self-Censorship Scheme‎

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Singapore: Writers boycott National Library Board

14 July 2014

The National Library Board in Singapore has allegedly decided to destroy the books ‘And Tango Makes Three’, ‘The White Swan Express’ and ‘Who’s In My Family?: All About Our Families’ because of complaints from members of the We Are Against Pink Dot in Singapore Facebook group. This has caused strong …

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Singapore: Censorship of pop star A-mei condemned by fans

26 June 2014

The Singaporean government’s censorship last week of a song by Taiwanese pop diva A-mei (阿妹) at a music festival has sparked heated condemnation from Taiwanese internet-users.  The government reportedly said that lyrics addressing same-sex relationships were unsuitable for the event’s audience. Source:

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Singapore: Art censorship draft legislation leaves artists dismayed

10 June 2014

Censorship has long dogged artists in Singapore. It is a dull ache, with the occasional painful twist. The most recent – and perhaps unintended – turn of the screw came on 12 May 2014 when the Media Development Authority released its proposed amendments to the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act …

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Singapore: Row over ‘draconian’ vandalism law

14 June 2012

After being arrested for posting stickers in public spaces, 27-year-old street artist Samantha Lo – the so-called ‘Sticker Lady’ – has inspired a massive online campaign. She could be facing three years in prison if convicted. British newspaper The Guardian describes Singapore as a city obsessed with order and where …

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Singapore: American film not to be released because of censorship

25 April 2012

American director Steve McQueen’s film ‘Shame’ about a sex addict in New York, played by Michael Fassbender, will not be shown in Singapore because McQueen does not approve of censors’ demand that certain scenes have to be cut. In particular, a graphic threesome involving Fassbender’s protagonist Brandon Sullivan and two …

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Singapore Dance Theatre denied permit to perform

11 April 2012

The Malaysian government has denied a permit to a Singapore Dance Theatre days before they were slated to perform in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur. While no official reason was given, local media has claimed that the denial of the permit was due to the troupe’s “indecent” costumes, …

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